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Bergslagstorget in central Finspång
Bergslagstorget in central Finspång
Finspång is located in Östergötland
Finspång is located in Sweden
Coordinates: 58°42′N 15°48′E / 58.700°N 15.800°E / 58.700; 15.800Coordinates: 58°42′N 15°48′E / 58.700°N 15.800°E / 58.700; 15.800
CountyÖstergötland County
MunicipalityFinspång Municipality
 • Total8.18 km2 (3.16 sq mi)
 (31 December 2010)[1]
 • Total12,440
 • Density1,521/km2 (3,940/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

Finspång (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈfɪ̂nːspɔŋ] (listen))[2] is a locality and the seat of Finspång Municipality, Östergötland County, Sweden with 12,440 inhabitants in 2010.[1]


Finspång is a traditional industrial town. The first industries were established in 1580 when a Royal factory for cannon and cannon balls was chartered. The industry was to continue for 300 years under supervision of the Walloon/Dutch family De Geer. Anders Qvarfordt was employed by Count Louis de Geer. His assignment was "to lodge and feed the Count de Geers Vallon blacksmiths".[3] Finspång Castle was built by Louis De Geer (1622–1695), and around it industries and an orangery developed into the town of Finspång.

In the late 19th century Bofors steel works, which initially supplied forgings and castings to the factory, started to expand into the weapons business. With Alfred Nobel's help, by the 1911 AB Bofors-Gullspång had outcompeted, bought and closed down its competitor.

When in 1913 a turbine plant STAL was founded in the town, both good metalwork facilities and skilled labor were available. In 1916 the company became a subsidiary of ASEA.

Today the two main industrial areas are those of Siemens turbines and metal processing.

Administratively Finspång remained part of the rural municipality Risinge until 1942, when it was made a market town (köping). Since 1971 it is the seat of the enlarged Finspång Municipality.

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The following sports clubs are located in Finspång Municipality:



  1. ^ a b c "Tätorternas landareal, folkmängd och invånare per km2 2005 och 2010" (in Swedish). Statistics Sweden. 14 December 2011. Archived from the original on 27 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  2. ^ Jöran Sahlgren; Gösta Bergman (1979). Svenska ortnamn med uttalsuppgifter (in Swedish). p. 8.
  3. ^ ""Släkten Qvarfordt 1580-2010" in English". Qvarfordt Family Chronicle. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Ystävyyskunnat" (PDF) (in Finnish). Pohjola-Norden. Retrieved 7 May 2012.[permanent dead link]

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